Gluten-free Berry Oatmeal Bars (Dairy-free)
These Gluten-free Berry Oatmeal Bars taste like fruit pie sandwiched between oatmeal cookies. They are made with healthier-for-you ingredients, like almond flour, coconut sugar, and coconut oil, and are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.
I have a soft spot for healthy oatmeal berry bars. I love how the baked fruit turns into a fresh jam. It reminds me of a fruit pie. A fruit pie that is layered between oatmeal cookies. SO good.
This berry oat bars recipe kicks it up a notch, though, because they are made with healthier ingredients like almond flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil, which makes them naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.
Table of Contents
- Why this recipe works
- Recipe ingredients
- Additions/ Substitutions
- Step by step instructions
- Recipe FAQs
- Other healthy oat desserts you may enjoy:
Why this recipe works
- There’s no refined sugars or flours inside. Coconut sugar, almond flour, and tapioca flour are used in the place of white sugar, brown sugar and white flour.
- These berry oat bars are dairy-free. Coconut oil is used in the place of butter.
- This recipe is also gluten-free because almond flour is used instead of white flour.
- They literally taste like fruit pie in between oatmeal cookies.
- They are easy to customize.
- Mixed berries– fresh berries of your choice. I like using raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
- Lemon juice– fresh squeezed is easiest.
- Tapioca flour– this helps thicken the fruit and makes it have a jam-like texture.
- Coconut sugar– this has a lower glycemic index, which makes it healthier for many to use.
- Almond flour– blanched almond flour is best for baking. It also has a higher protein content.
- Rolled oats– if you need them to be gluten-free make sure they are certified gluten-free to avoid cross contamination.
- Cinnamon– Ceylon cinnamon has a great punch of flavor.
- Coconut oil– to avoid any coconut taste, use refined coconut oil.
- Egg yolk– you only need the yolk here, you don’t need the whole egg.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
- You can use just one type of berry or the berries of your choice. Whether it be raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or blackberries.
- Instead of tapioca flour, you can use corn starch or arrowroot powder.
- Instead of coconut sugar, you can use brown sugar.
- Instead of almond flour, you can use all purpose flour. (Just note, they won’t be gluten-free anymore)
- Instead of coconut oil, you can use olive oil.
Step by step instructions
Step 1: Mix together the almond flour, tapioca flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and salt together in a bowl and set it aside.
Then mix together the melted coconut oil and egg yolk together and then pour it into the rolled oats crumble/bar mixture.
Take 1 cup of the crumble/ bar mixture out of the bowl and set it aside.
Put the mixture into a pan and press it into the pan.
Step 2: Mix together the berries with lemon juice, tapioca flour, and coconut sugar in a bowl.
Pour on top of the oat layer in the pan.
Step 3: Then take that 1 cup of crumble/bar mixture that you set aside and sprinkle it on top of the mixed berries.
Step 4: Bake!
Yes, just thaw them out and drain the excess liquid before using them in the recipe.
In an airtight container in the fridge for 4-6 days.
They can be! Oats are high in fiber and known to help lower cholesterol. If they are made with almond flour, like in this recipe, then they have higher protein content.
This recipe uses coconut sugar, which has a lower glycemic index to regular sugar. This recipe also uses coconut oil instead of butter.
Other healthy oat desserts you may enjoy:
These Gluten-free Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie bars by Allergy Awesomeness look so ooey gooey deliciously good!
These Baked Oatmeal Bars by This Vivacious Life are the ultimate way to have dessert for breakfast!
This Gluten-Free Apple Cherry Crisp (Vegan) is one of my favorite recipes to make when I’m in the mood for a crisp.
This Absolute Best Summer Crisp! uses all the best summer fruit and is unbelievably delicious!
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Gluten-free Berry Oatmeal Bars (Dairy-free)
Mixed Berry Layer:
- 2 cups fresh berries (I used a mixture of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and sliced strawberries)
- 2 Tbs lemon juice
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp tapioca flour
Bar and Crumble Layers:
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (measure in it’s melted state)
- 1 large egg yolk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and then grease it. I use an olive oil spray to grease it. Leave a flap of aluminum foil on either side of the pan.
- In a medium bowl, add 2 cups of mixed berries, 2 Tbs lemon juice, ¼ cup coconut sugar and 2 tsp tapioca flour. Mix together and set aside.
- In another medium bowl, add 1 cup almond flour, ¼ cup tapioca flour, 1 cup rolled oats, ½ cup coconut sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, and ¼ tsp salt. Mix with a fork until blended.
- In a third separate bowl, mix the melted coconut oil and egg yolk. Then, add the coconut oil mixture to the rolled oat mixture until everything is wet.
- Remove 1 cup of the oat mixture and set it aside to use as the crumble on top. Press the remaining oat mixture left in the bowl into the bottom of the pan. Use a fork to press the mixture into the pan.
- Evenly distribute the berries on top of the pressed down mixture in the pan.
- Grab the mixture that was set aside and sprinkle on top of the berries.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until you see the berries bubbling and the top of the crumble turning golden brown.
- Let everything cool for one hour, then remove the bars from the pan by lifting the aluminum foil flaps. Let the bars cool for another 30 minutes or so. It is easier to cut into the bars when they are cool.
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15 Comments on “Gluten-free Berry Oatmeal Bars (Dairy-free)”
This is one of the BEST crumble I ever had
I often changed fruits depending of the season Still my favorite
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I would devour this for breakfast or dessert! Love all the fresh berries used to make this one delicious treat.
I love that these are gluten free! yeah! Loving the ingredients and yes that fresh fruit has turned to jam!! I can’t wait to make these! Looks like the perfect sweet treat!
I need to buy coconut sugar as soon as possible. I keep stumbling upon it on so many recipes and I’m very curious to try it. There is one store in my town that carries it, can’t wait to try this recipe as soon as I get a bag of the healthier sweetener!
Crumble bars are my most favorite breakfast. I love how this recipe contains all good for you ingredients, totally trying this one out!
This is a great tea time snack thanks much for this recipe.
I love homemade oat bars! They are one of the easiest and tastiest snacks that can be made, and soooo much better than the shop-bought ones! Your recipe looks very delicious!
These mixed berry bars look amazing! Perfect for a springtime dessert or breakfast option. I love that they are gluten-free too.
I can’t wait til we can go berry picking this summer so I can make these bars with fresh berries! My toddler is going to LOVE these. I think they’d be a great for my weekend ladies brunch too!
These Bars are so healthy and best for my snacking option too. Have to make a batch to pack our family snack boxes for the week. Love everything into it.
This Mixed Berry Oat Crumble Bars looks so deliciously good. I wish I could eat that right this minute!
Thank you!! I wish I could too 🙂
I LOVE oat crumble bars! They remind me of my childhood. Our property line was crowded with blackberries so we would spend hours and hours picking them as they became ripe. A lot of it went to blackberry jam but my mom used to make blackberry crumble for us! I’ll be trying this recipe with blackberries this year for sure!
Oh I bet those blackberries tasted just delicious! What a great memory. 🙂